Innovations

European experts share stink bug tracking app success with New Zealand

Two European brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) experts will share the success story of a BMSB tracking mobile app and experience in trying to gain sustainable control of the…

"You can manufacture bioplastic with bananas in the Canary Islands"

Clara Martin Gonzalez, a 1st-year high school student at the IES Villa de Mazo, has been awarded by the Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) of the Canary Islands for…

Project Musa Fibra looks for partners from the fruit trade

Student initiative develops paper from pineapple crowns and leaves

Christmas time is pineapple time: anyone in the trade knows this. The exotics are mainly sourced from Costa Rica and are offered fresh in one piece, in tins and more and more often in the convenience sector. But what most people don't care about is what happens to the crowns of the fruit and the leafy plant…

Satellites tracking US food supply, aiding farmers

Farmers across America's Midwest are in a race to finish harvesting their corn, soybean, before the first freeze sets in. September rains made a late harvest even later. Heavy spring rains flooded millions of acres of cropland around the Mississippi, Wisconsin and Missouri rivers. Some farmers never…

Start-up helps Scottish farmers grow plants with sea water

A British start-up is teaching farmers how to grow crops using water from a source which won’t run out – the sea. Seawater Solutions is helping farmers on Scotland’s west…

Jun Aizaki's 'HyO-Cup'

Sustainable coffee cups grown from vegetables

When pondering the question whether the humble gourd could one day replace single-use coffee cups, Brooklyn-based architect and designer Jun Aizaki came up with his latest invention, the HyO-Cup. HyO-Cups are designed as an alternative to standard coffee cups, which are typically lined with…

Emirates: Minister inaugurates Carrefour’s in-store hydroponic farms

Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, inaugurated the region’s first hydroponic in-store farms at Carrefour. These farms, operated by Majid Al Futtaim, are located at Carrefour’s stores in Abu Dhabi’s My City Centre Masdar and Yas Mall. They are part of the company’s…

Hensing LLC presents optimized 'Regio-Box' at the ExpoSE 2019

"Optimal product presentation as well as extended service without additional personnel costs"

Asparagus from the farm, strawberries from next door - regional products are becoming increasingly popular with consumers. However, very few farmers have the opportunity or the staff to open and operate their own farm shop. It is this supply gap that the "RegioBox" from Hensing LLC tries to bridge. The company,…

Microsoft launches tech project to tackle food security in South Africa

Microsoft recently launched agriculture research platform FarmBeats, aiming at making the benefits of artificial intelligence available to farmers. FarmBeats tracks soil temperature and moisture levels with the use of solar-based cloud computing models, taking the guess-work out of farming. By 2050 there…

CropLife South Africa invests in database for MRL data

Maximum residue limits (MRL) are a globally accepted tool in the food safety basket. It offers consumers a guarantee that fresh produce is safe for human consumption. The…

"Their potential for the Chinese market becomes more obvious"

"AI retail lockers spread throughout China"

"AI retail lockers have not been on the Chinese market for a long time, but since their introduction a few years ago, they have become immensely popular with Chinese consumers because they are convenient and they offer a wide variety of products. Office workers in particular appreciate the convenience of…

New Southern Energy – David Masureik

High-energy users in fresh produce going off-grid

In March this year, floating photovoltaic panels on a fruit farm outside Franschhoek, Western Cape, were unveiled to much acclaim. It was one of New Southern Energy’s projects which included an upgrade of the farm’s electrical reticulation and installation of a system that provides all of the daytime…

Plastics industry recognises fruit pallet innovation

In its bi-annual awards to innovators and leaders in the plastic recycling industry, the South African Plastics Recycling Organisation (SAPRO) named PalletPlast the overall winner in recognition of the fruit pallets the company has been manufacturing for less than a year (following years of research).…

LIFE ALGAECAN project

Huercasa successfully tests pioneering wastewater purification system with algae

Huercasa, a leading company in the production of ready-made vegetables at European level, is successfully testing a purification system for the wastewater generated by vegetable processing that uses microalgae; a pioneering technique in Europe that is part of the LIFE ALGAECAN project. This project is funded…

Shelf-life extension of 21 percent

Package with avocados in different ripening stages launched

Happy Chameleon® Daily ’Dos™ from Robinson Fresh® are the latest innovation on the avocado market. It’s a package with four, 70 count avocados in different stages of ripening. “The idea is for consumers to use it throughout the week and have an avocado at ideal ripeness available when they need it,” says…

Curtin University research – Perth, Australia

Improving the shelf life of avocados

Plastic can be an important component of food packaging as it can create a barrier against nasties such as bacteria, as well as liquids and gasses. This can help to prolong the shelf life of many foods, thus preventing waste. However, given the finite resources of petroleum-based polymers, which are used…

Energy 4 Impact

Solar irrigation to battle drought in Rwanda

In the drought-prone district of Bugesera, south-east of Rwandas’s capital city Kigali, Peruth Tuyishime is one of six farming group members working on a one hectare farm. The farm grows a range of crops, from chili and maize, to cucumbers, sweet peppers and pumpkins. But erratic rain patterns,…

Narciso Vivot of AgroFresh discusses RipeLock:

“Our goal is to reduce food waste by extending shelf-life”

The importance of reducing food waste is something that has gained increased recognition and support throughout the past decade. Often, the focus is on encouraging consumers to not buy more products than they can consume. AgroFresh, however, takes a different approach. They have developed a product…

W. Dimer LLC presents absorbent pads ecoline from renewable raw materials at ExpoSE 2019

"Compostable absorbent pad is not only suitable for soft and pome fruit, but also for the vegetable sector"

Pads serve to absorb and bind liquids from perishable food. This not only results in a more appealing presentation, but also increases hygiene and this makes for a longer shelf life of the packaged product. Specialized company W. Dimer LLC, based in Laufenburg, will present the newly developed DIMER…

Mexico’s other ‘green’ business: vegan leather

Several companies are already marketing biomaterials created with cactus or with the bacteria present in the remains of strawberry and mango. Is Mexico on the verge of a very profitable market? In the United States, the vegan lifestyle has grown by 500% over the past five years. Either by conscience,…

New alternative for modifying ERP system to update IBM blockchain

Glassbit, a Watsonville/Salinas-area company delivering innovative solutions for fresh produce growers and shippers, announced the general release of the GlasschainTM IBM Food…

Simple gadget turns cauliflower into rice

Cauliflower no longer is a strange, mushy white vegetable, smothered in a creamy or cheesy sauce. It is now a staple food in homes and in restaurants, often taking the place of meat, flour or rice. Cauliflower has grown so popular that a gadget was created to make cooking the crucifer easier. The new…

Italian company develops system to save process water

Ecorecycling, a company located in Bolzano, has launched a solution to save up to 95% of water thanks to a technology that cleans and recovers "process water", i.e. the water used to wash and transfer fruit. When sorting and washing fruit, water is one of the most important elements to consider, especially…

Winning D&AD Future Impact Awards for Environment and Sustainability

Pinoy paper 'Pinyapel', made from discarded pineapple leaves

"Pinyapel" is a Pinoy paper product made from discarded pineapple leaves. Recently, it won the D&AD Future Impact Awards for Environment and Sustainability in New York City.…

HCM City University of Economics and Finance

Vietnam: Students make biodegradable products from potatoes

Two students from the HCM City University of Economics and Finance have made biodegradable products from potato starch in an effort to reduce the use of single-use plastic items. Nông Văn Phước and Đặng Nguyễn Xuân Trọng are fourth-year students majoring in business administration and international…

The world’s best drink cooler may come from pineapple scraps

Engineers in Singapore and Vietnam decided to turn the hundreds of millions of tons of pineapple waste that accrued in their nations into something useful, in this case…

Global virtual marketplace connects growers directly with retailers and wholesalers

New virtual marketplace for growers and buyers launches in two weeks

During the week of Fruit Attraction, a new virtual market place has opened its registration. MarketBuy wants to offer a solution to both small and large farms that do not have the resources and connections to deal with retailers, wholesalers or even just importers directly. It intends to empower the…

Scott Trimble with Felix Instruments

"We distance ourselves from NIR competitors"

With high tech devices steadily making their way into the commercial agricultural space, Felix Instruments - an ag-tech instrument developer - is showcasing its latest products. One of their major lines involves NIR - or near-infrared technology which is helping fruit growers and distributors to…

Cover for tropical fruits to curb losses & food waste

REWE Group tests edible protective coatings

The REWE Group is the first trader in Germany to test the "Coating". Their fruit is given a thin edible coating that reduces cellular respiration and keeps the fruit fresh for longer. To look good, stay fresh and taste good: food technologists have long been tinkering with how to improve the shelf life, texture…

Computer vision identifies ripe fruit

Mikko Toivonen and Chang Rajani, doctoral students in computer science, together with Assistant Professor Arto Klami, have designed computer vision algorithms that can convert photos taken with a phone into extremely accurate hyperspectral images. Hyperspectral images reveal moreHyperspectral images are…

Kenya: Twiga Foods raises $30 million ahead of planned expansion

Kenyan food distribution start-up Twiga Foods has raised $30 million through a fundraising round led by Goldman Sachs. Twiga has estimated Africa’s informal food production and distribution system at $300 billion a year and growing. It uses an online platform to link food producers with retailers, aiming…

Syngenta presents Yoom, the new "umami" tomato

Syngenta, the biotechnology company specialized in seed production and crop protection, has launched the Yoom tomato; a new product with umami flavor, the so-called "fifth…

New FLIR thermal imaging cameras launched

QA Supplies showcased a new line of thermal imaging cameras at the 2019 Fresh Summit Conference & Expo. The company says FLIR handheld thermal imaging cameras bridge the gap between single spot infrared thermometers and FLIR's thermal cameras with Lepton micro thermal sensors to detect heat or cold…

Australia keeps plastic out of the sea with simple nets

Australian consultant and innovator Anthony J. James posted an optimistic tweet saying: "Australians have installed their drainage network with nets so plastics and pollutants cannot reach rivers or seas. This doesn't require a lot of money. It requires willingness to change!" A more sceptical twitterer reacted:…

On data-driven agricultural technology

South Africa: Standard Bank partners with Rhiza Africa

The Standard Bank has partnered with Rhiza Africa in a bid to boost agricultural produce and increase farmers’ yield through innovation driven by digital intelligence. Their…

Innovations galore at the PMA Fresh Summit 2019

Outside the trade show floor at last week's PMA Fresh Summit, there was a large glass window with a lot to see behind it. This so-called Fresh Ideas Showcase held all the new, innovative or potentially interesting products, and FreshPlaza photographed them. See the photo report here.  Plastic, paper or cardboardThe Fresh…

Info on "withholding period recommendations" for fungicides and insecticides

ATGA releases app for management of chemical application

The Australian Table Grape Association (ATGA) has developed a mobile phone app for the management of chemical application. The ATGA MRLs mobile application (App) provides withholding period (WHP) recommendations for the fungicides and insecticides registered for use in table grape production. The WHP…

Ozone treatment might open new markets for yellow kiwis

Yellow kiwi fruit (Actinidia chinensis ‘Soreli’) is becoming a more important crop worldwide due to its pleasant taste and levels of beneficial bioactive compounds. However,…

How technology helps African growers

Currently, more than half of working Africans have jobs in agriculture, but poor infrastructure, inadequate tools and a lack of investment have left the continent's mostly small-scale farms struggling to feed a growing population. Now, a wave of technological solutions is aiming to help. In Ghana, a…

Felix Instruments showcases its latest tech advancements at Fruit Attraction 2019

Today is the opening day of Fruit Attraction 2019, the international trade show for the fruit and vegetable industry, where Felix Instruments – Applied Food Science will showcase their two latest tools, the near-infrared Avocado Quality Meter and Mango Quality Meter. Additionally, growers, distributors…

However: political, scientific roadblocks remain

CRISPR avocados could withstand climate change

Last August, a team of scientists had announced it had mapped the DNA sequences of several types of avocados. This research will likely become the foundation for breeding…

West Virginia University

New molecular research tool for testing fruit and vegetables for pesticides

New research from West Virginia University is transforming technology. The Eberly College of Arts and Sciences faculty in the C. Eugene Bennett Department of Chemistry are…

Peruvian ‘Bio Plant’ project creates disposable plates from banana leaves

A group of young Peruvians has launched a project called ‘Bio Plant’, which creates disposable plates and bowls made entirely from banana leaves. With the financial sponsoring from the Innóvate Peru Program (through the Bio Challenge contest which backs the development of innovative solutions focused on sustainability),…

"It gives me goose bumps to think that we could soon have instant food safety readings"

The Star Group is implementing a business strategy of technology-to- table, as it looks to the future. Star has been actively involved in using technology with seed breeders…

Limoneira launches app to educate consumers on using food as medicine

The Limoneira Company, a leading agribusiness with prime agricultural land and operations, real estate and water rights in California, today announced the launch of a new…

Bolthouse Farms re-imagining business after Campbell exit

In June this year, Campbell Soup sold off Bolthouse Farms - the company it had acquired seven years prior. The move means that Bolthouse Farms is returning to its roots of being a vertically-integrated fresh produce business. FreshPlaza spoke with Jeff Dunn, CEO of Bolthouse Farms, and asked what the new…

Immigrant workers are preparing for automation in agriculture

Inside Taylor Farms’ massive warehouse in Salinas, California, millions of pounds of lettuce, cabbage and spinach are processed each day. Vegetables from nearby fields are sent here to get chopped, washed, dried and packaged. When they’re ready for packing, a yellow robotic arm called a Quik Pick & Pack…

Future of soft fruit picking: UK raspberry picking robot

The development of the world’s first raspberry picking robot is gathering pace. UK start up Fieldwork Robotics sets its sights on manufacturing in Britain next year and…

Mission Produce to talk innovation

Mission Produce, Inc., announced it will be talking innovation at PMA Fresh Summit by discussing its latest solution: a technology the company says extends the shelf-life of avocados and reduces food waste. This post-harvest product was designed by Hazel Technologies, Inc. Mission Produce and Hazel…

Berry grower to reveal augmented reality technology at PMA

Grower and year-round marketer of strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries, Wish Farms, has announced a preview of leading-edge technology at PMA’s Fresh Summit in Anaheim on October 18th and 19th. Wish Farms plans to use augmented reality (AR) by way of a new branded smartphone…

Iowa State University researchers help combat pests and disease

To aid conventional farmers in their fight against pests and disease, Iowa State University researchers are experimenting with new methods that could give organic growers new…

New compostable label and large label solutions to be launched at PMA 2019

The Sinclair Team is proud to announce the launch of its new certified compostable Sinclair EcoLabel® in North America at PMA’s Fresh Summit 2019. Sinclair will also be showcasing the Sinclair EcoLabel on the Large Label V6 system designed for labeling large fresh produce such as melons, squash, pumpkins…

Tuberscan project aims to improve level of potato crop knowledge prior to harvest

As part of UK Research & Innovation’s (UKRI) Transforming Food Production (TFP) challenge, Lincoln-based B-hive Innovations Ltd and Shropshire’s Harper Adams University have been awarded £391,000 for the development of their Tuberscan project, which aims to use ground-penetrating radar to improve the…

Partnership between Microsoft and USDA

New 'Farmbeats' project uses AI to increase grower efficiency

Farmers around the world are facing the urgent question of how to sustainably feed a global population expected to reach 9.7 billion by 2050 — and the answer, in part, might be found nestled among the cornstalks and soybeans on a farm a short distance from Washington, D.C. The fields are outfitted with a…

Avo lovers can keep their fruit fresh with the Avosaver

Avocado lovers are always questioning what to do with their half-eaten avo; How do you keep it fresh? That’s where the Avosaver comes in.   And it is so easy to use! Slap the avocado on there, and buckle it in with the easy-to-snap strap. (If you want, you can sprinkle some lime juice on the avocado for extra assurance.) Today.com…


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